The NFL Rams Football players are not average citizens. They are highly visible entities in an established highly paid occupation. They risk much to take this public stand and should be commended for their bravery. They are now under attack as they suspected before making this decision. Why are they even more special? Because those with less to lose, less to benefit from silence chose silence.
St. Louis Rams players recognized this week’s Ferguson protests with an emphatic gesture during player introductions when several members of the team’s receiving corps entered the field in the “hands up, don’t shoot” pose.
Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt came out with their hands up, before being joined by the rest of the team to start the game.